On Monday, May 20, 2024, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma ordered the immediate interim suspension of attorney Kelly John Barlean from the practice of law.

The case is entitled “Oklahoma Bar Association v. Kelly John Barlean,” with case no. 2024 OK 36.

According to the order, the Oklahoma Bar Association had forwarded certified copies of court documents regarding two criminal cases against Barlean in Oklahoma County. Barlean originally faced a felony charge of domestic assault and battery by strangulation that was reduced to a misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement. He pled guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault and battery in both cases. The court deferred his sentencing for three years until January 2026.

Since the pleas, two protective orders have also been filed against Barlean by his son and ex-wife involving allegations of stalking and harassment.

The Supreme Court ruled that the court documents constituted conclusive evidence that Barlean had committed a crime and ordered his interim suspension until further notice. A final ruling on discipline is pending, with Barlean given until July 3, 2024, to respond in writing.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.